Introducing DC Scholars Public
Charter School's new Elementary
School Director: Jessica Hiltabidel


Rebecca CrouchElementary (grades PS – 4th) School Director

Rebecca Crouch, DC Scholars Public Charter School’s Founding Principal, has a demonstrated track record of success working with urban students and families. With over 6 years of teaching experience, Rebecca is eager to make an impact in the DC area. Prior to working at DC Scholars Public Charter School, Rebecca was the Resident Principal at DC Preparatory Charter School. As an instructional leader, Rebecca enables her teachers to “plan lessons that empower students to be co-creators of the information they learn.” Rebecca consistently works to build relationships with her students’ parents as well as her school’s community. She has worked as middle and high school Mathematics teacher in both traditional district and charter schools in Maryland, Illinois and DC. Rebecca earned her B.S. degree in Mathematics from Howard University in 2005, and her M.S. in Mathematics Education from Illinois Institute of Technology in 2009.

Tanesha DixonMiddle School (5th – 7th) School Director

Tanesha Dixon, DC Scholars Public Charter School’s founding Middle School Principal, has a vision for personalized, excellent instruction for urban, public middle school in Washington, DC. Prior to joining the DC Scholars Public Charter School team, Tanesha Dixon was a principal fellow in the District of Columbia Public Schools. She is also an inaugural member of the Education Innovation Fellowship (EIF), a partnership of CityBridge Foundation and NewSchools Venture Fund. As an EIF, Tanesha spent a year exploring, designing and implementing innovations in blended and personalized learning in her classroom and school, Wheatley Educational Campus. As a result, Tanesha’s work has been highlighted in several national publications and outlets including the American Enterprise Institute Full Report on Blended Learning in DC, Digital Promise, and the Discovery Education’s Future@Now Live Digital Classroom with former US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Most noteworthy, she led the Next Generation Learning Challenge (NGLC) Breakthrough Schools team, which focused on redesigning an urban, public middle school into a Competency-based Learning Model. Prior to teaching and leading in Washington, D.C., Tanesha was both a middle and high school teacher in Gainesville, FL, where she was honored as the county's Middle School Teacher of the Year. She received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame and a Master's degree in Secondary Social Studies Education from the University of Florida.